The End of Cultural Diversity of Style in Composition
In this paper I will attempt to show that initially, the internet will increase the cultural diversity of style in composition, before helping a world wide trend in stomping out cultures.
In order to discuss the effects of the scope of the Internet on composition, we must first explore what the Internet is, the definition of culture, how the internet exposes us to and affects culture, and the effects cultural changes have on style in composition.
This essay is not concerned with the history of the Internet, but with the way the Internet distributes information through webpages and the way forums foster geographically complex but intellectually similar communities.
With the advent of the Internet, geographic boundaries with respect to communication have disappeared. Though this would seem to be a great thing for humanity, it may soon lead to immense cultural difficulties as foreign nations youth undergo strain to conform to an American way of thinking.
The main reason it is easy to spend many hours per day on the Internet is because the variety of methods with which information is transferred. In a typical hour of Internet usage, a user could read email, use an online chat program, read a news story, look at a forum, and look at a site with interesting pictures. This variety keeps the Internet experience from being dull. After the user’s interest in one topic is exhausted, he need not look for a new magazine or reference book, but instead click on a link and be taken to a new webpage or look at a different thread in a forum.
Forums are what seperates the Internet from just being a quick electronic version of a magazine. They allow communites of people with similar mindsets to form. Without the Internet, if someone had an interest in an “underground” subject, it might be difficult to find other people locally to discuss it with, but an online forum allows users everywhere to unite and create a weath of knowledge about a particular subject (also, the old conversations form a searchable database of useful real-world discussions). Another trait is that users can “listen in” on the dialogues, if they don’t have time to post, or if their questions have already been answered.
When the discussions are related to art, the communication increases the diversity of style in composition, because the artists are made aware of more styles, and because they will find more support in their endeavors, rather than being pariahs in the physical world. An artist would then be able to have discussions with artists around the globe about his work, and this can increase his exposure to other cultures and alter his way of thinking. This artist will now be able to create more culturally aware works.
What is Culture?
Culture is “all the memories, values, and traditions of a people, and is transmitted from one generation to the next through language, stories, and art.” Many...